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While the public and the media have been distracted by the story of Napster, warnings about the evils of “piracy” and lawsuits by the recording and film industries, the enforcement of copyright law in the digital world has quietly shifted from regulating copying to regulating the design of technology. Lawmakers and commercial interests are pursuing what might be called a technical fix: instead of specifying what can and cannot be done legally with a copyrighted work, this new approach calls for the strategic use of encryption technologies to build standards of copyright directly into digital devices, rendering some uses impossible. What does this shift to “technical copy protection” mean, and what are its political, economic and cultural implications?